Climate Change as a Perspective: Looking Through the Lens of High School Teachers within Berks County, PA

Authors: Madison Clark*, Kutztown University , Michael Davis, Kutztown University
Topics: Climatology and Meteorology, Education
Keywords: Climate change, education, survey
Session Type: Virtual Guided Poster
Day: 4/7/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 54
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School districts across the country have different high school science standards. Climate change, for instance, is not part of the science curriculum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Polarization from politics often roadblocks states from adopting modern science topics and attempts to avoid perceived controversial topics. Getting the public engaged in scientific discourse and substantively tackling climate change involves communicating effectively with others. One of the most effective ways to communicate how climate change affects our societies is through education.

In this study, we will be analyzing responses from teachers in 18 different high schools in Berks County, Pennsylvania. Within these high schools, four departments (Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and English) receive an electronic survey through QuestionPro pertaining to their backgrounds, educational philosophy, and any issues they may have with discussing climate change with their students. Through analysis, we will be able to understand which department(s) have the most freedom and comfort with discussing climate change and what potential resistance or challenges they face when broaching the subject with their students and administrators.

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